Patent published on July 25, 2023

Microsoft's Smart System Tracks Meeting Attendance to Detect Fatigue Levels

We all know that attending multiple back to back meetings can be exhausting and tiring. With Microsoft's new patent, they aim to give us a helping hand. Microsoft has recently filed a patent that could detect how tired a person is during a meeting. The patent number is US11711228B1 and it was filed by Microsoft Technology Licensing.

The patent describes a data processing system that can tell if someone is too tired for a meeting. It does this by measuring how long they attend the meeting compared to how long it was planned for. If they don't attend for long enough, the system will classify them as potentially fatigued.

In today's environment where many users utilize remote collaboration, users' daily schedules are often filled with many consecutive online meetings. As a result, online meetings may take up a majority of many users' time. Furthermore, consecutive online meetings may overwhelm an attendee of these online meetings.

Microsoft's patent attempts to solve this problem by allowing companies to monitor their employees' attendance and fatigue levels in meetings. The patent will be able to access information about an upcoming meeting such as the start and end times. It will then be able to receive an attendance signal which indicates that the user has joined the meeting and monitor the attendance signal to determine how long they have attended for.

The system will then compare the amount of time that the user has spent in the meeting to the planned meeting time. If the user has spent less time than planned, the system will classify them as potentially fatigued. This data can then be used to alert the user or their employer that they may need a break or to take measures to ensure they remain alert during the meeting.

This system could be incredibly useful for companies who need to ensure their employees are alert and productive during meetings. It could also be used to ensure that employees take regular breaks and are not overworked.

However, this patent does not guarantee that this technology will make it to the market. It is simply an idea that Microsoft has filed a patent for. Therefore, the language of the article is written in terms of words like 'might' or 'could' as there is no surety whether this patent will come to the market or not.

Overall, Microsoft's new patent could be a game changer in the way companies monitor their employees' fatigue levels during meetings. It could also be a great way to ensure that employees are taking the necessary breaks and are not overworked. We will just have to wait and see if this patent comes to fruition.

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